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CABE Member Grades

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) membership gives you recognition from your peers, clients and employers of your level of competency.

To be awarded membership you have to demonstrate that you are working against the CABE Competency Frameworks. From 1 January 2020 a revised membership grade structure, including a new grade of membership, linked to new Competency Frameworks will come into force. These new frameworks have been introduced to ensure that they meet current sector expectations and are fit for the future, enabling CABE members to be professionals that warrant the trust that clients and the public have of us.

From a student studying a relevant course, to an experienced professional within the built environment, CABE has a wide range of membership opportunities. Please read the membership competency frameworks carefully to fully understand the correct grade of membership for you.

Membership Competency Frameworks


Student membership is free for all students enrolled on a relevant course within the built environment for the duration of your studies.


Tech CABE is an entry level grade for professionals who have gained a Level 3 qualification in a relevant course and are working in a relevant role within the built environment sector or can demonstrate equivalent professional experience.


ACABE members must have a minimum of a Level 4 qualification as well as at least two years' experience in a relevant role, or have at least three years' equivalent professional experience.


Grad CABE is available to those who hold a bachelor’s degree, Level 6 qualification, within the built environment.


Chartered Membership recognises an individual's professional competence within the industry and is committed to ethical practice and meets the competencies outlined in the Competency Framework.

Chartered Member

MCABE Chartered Building Engineer has a clear commitment to high ethical standards, professionalism, and technical competence recognised by the award of the additional title of Chartered Building Engineer which is a regulated title under the Association's Royal Charter.

Chartered Building Engineer

Fellow Chartered Building Engineer is CABE’s highest level of membership, reflecting exceptional knowledge, expertise and experience. Potential Chartered Fellows must evidence their senior professional expertise in managerial roles or the seniority of their research or teaching.

Fellow Chartered Building Engineer


Please note, in order to determine which academic or vocational qualification qualifies for each grade of membership CABE uses the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) as defined by OFQUAL (in England).


Which Grade Is Right For You?